Holly Hunter will receivewith the Sundance Institute Tribute to Independent Vision Award at the 2003Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Jan 16-26, 2003. The honour will bepresented in a tribute show at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City on Jan 21 thatfeatures retrospective clips, an onstage interview and party.

Hunter, who stars in EdSolomon's festival opener Levity and Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteeen in the dramatic competition, won the best actressOscar in 1994 for her portrayal of Ada McGrath in Jane Campion's ThePiano. In the same year she receiveda best supporting actress nomination for The Firm and a best actress nod for Broadcast News in 1987. Other credits from her career include RaisingArizona, Always, Living Out Loud, Crash and most recently Moonlight Mile.

'For us, Holly Hunteris an inspired choice to receive our 2003 award. Not only because of the risksshe has taken and the range of talent she continues to display, but alsobecause of her amazing ability to constantly transform herself,' saidfestival director Geoffrey Gilmore in a statement. 'Holly's careermoves from the broad comedy of Raising Arizona to the thoughtful and introspective Living OutLoud without missing a beat. She isclearly a generous, skilled and humane artist and we're thrilled to havethe chance to celebrate that.'

Previous Tribute toIndependent Vision Award recipients include Benicio Del earlier this year,Julianne Moore (2001), Laura Dern (1999), Nicolas Cage (1995) and John Turturro(1992).